Acai berries, native to Brazil, are one of the healthiest fruits in the world, but, unfortunately also one of the most expensive to buy! Learn how to grow acai berries right in your garden so you can reap its benefits and save yourself some money! Growing to a whopping 90 feet tall, the acai berry palm can tolerate heat and floods, but definitely not freezing temperatures. If you’re looking to grow your own acai berry tree, we only recommend it for USDA zones 10-11. Alternatively, if you’re lacking garden space, you can also purchase dwarf acai berry seeds which taste just the same but won’t take up so much room!
How to Grow Acai Berries in Your Garden
Only suitable for tropical and sub-tropical climates OR greenhouses. USDA Zones 10-11
Planting Acai Berries:
- Make sure to purchase FRESH acai berry seeds from your local nursery or online. If they are clean, soak them in water for 24 hours before planting them.
- Fill a 1 gallon pot with a mix of peat and perlite (half and half). Plant seeds in that mix, about an inch deep. Enclose the pot in large, clear plastic bag and place it on a seed starting heat mat. This is to ensure that the seeds receive at least 80F in temperatures.
- The acai berry palm should start to germinate within 1-2 months. Once they begin sprouting, you can go ahead and remove the plastic bag. Place the pot in a partially shaded spot.
- Keep the soil damp at all times and once they reach a height of about 2 inches, transplant them into 4-inch diameter tree pots of cactus and palm potting soil .
- Continue growing them in pots for about 6 months or until they reach 20 inches in height.
- Choose an outdoor location with partial shade. Soil should be fertile, acidic, and well draining.
- Dig holes 15 inches in diameter and plant the acai palms about 15 feet apart.
Caring for Acai Berry Palms:
- Water thoroughly after planting and then keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.
- Feed your acai berry palm twice a year with a time-release palm fertilizer.
Harvesting Acai Berries:
- Your tree should start giving off fruit within 3-5 years of planting.
- Watch for purple flowers – that means your tree will be ready to start giving off fruit!
- Harvest is usually from July to December.
So now that you know how to grow acai berries, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!